At +7500 to win the 2013-2014 NCAA Basketball National Championship, the North Carolina State Wolfpack appear to be a somewhat inexperienced basketball team as the gutting out process takes place. Can the Wolfpack compete with the Dukes and the North Carolinas of the ACC Conference remains to be seen?
More was expected of N.C. State as they made it as far as the 2nd round of the Big Dance and made a quick exit as a number 8 seed in the dreaded 8-9 game against the Temple Owls.
North Carolina State, who was only 7 players deep to begin with, lose 4 of their 5 starters to either the NBA or graduation. A team like this is never in rebuilding mode, but less can be expected this season as T.J. Warren leads the way for an inexperienced group of guys.
T.J. Warren is a given as a returning sophomore. He averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season. Warren was an efficient shooter and key player throughout last season. That said, he finished the year poorly against Temple with a 4 point effort as he didn’t look for his offense. You can bet that the Pack will look for Warren often, as small forward is one position on this squad that’s fairly secure.
After sitting out last season, guard , Ralston Turner fits to make the starting lineup as a starter after one season with the LSU Tigers. The Muscle Shoals, Alabama native averaged 9.1 points and 3 rebounds in his freshman season. Turner has great size at 6 foot 6, but played on a team in the Tigers with very little scoring. He was forced to hoist up more shots than he would’ve liked and expect this to be a much better fit for Turner.
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State did a great job recruiting and power forward, Kyle Washington, will see major minutes right off the bat as a freshman. Williams was the 97th recruit overall in ESPN’s top 100 recruits and is number 1 in the state of Minnesota at his respective position. Washington is a gifted left-hander with unlimited potential that can run the court and rebound well. Look for his impact to be gradual, but a great pickup nevertheless.
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As a Juco transfer out of New Mexico, Lee will be slated into the shooting guard position. He was the 5th leading scorer in the country at junior college level and ranked as the number 16th Juco prospect. Look for a considerable amount of offense out of the 6 foot 4 Lee as he and freshman Anthony Barber fight it out to see who is the lead dog.
Barber is the Wolpack’s top recruit coming into this season as the 26th top prospect in the country and number 1 in the state of Virginia at point guard. Barber, at a frail 165 pounds, may never fill out, but his speed is 2nd to nobody. The Wolfpack are expecting big things from this freshman.
Center, Jordan Vandenberg, gave N.C. State relatively nothing last season as he was a 7 foot 1, 264 pound space eater. I don’t see much changing from Vandenberg. If the native Australian is unable to do the job, freshman BeeJay Anya will be waiting in the wings.
Anya is the 67thtop recruit, according to ESPN, and he’s a wide body at 6 foot 9, 275 pounds. Anya comes from good stock; the fames DeMatha High School in Maryland. His pedigree alone will get this big man some major minutes.
This is a team that’s lost a lot of starters and although they won’t be at the very top of the ACC Conference, they’ll be a formidable opponent for any team that faces them. They should make the NCAA Tournament by a small margin on talent alone.We have the NCAA Basketball Odds all in one great place!